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Academic Curriculum

Tips for Exam Success

From the Director of Curriculum, Elizabeth Watson

The College provides all students with access to the online study skills handbook at which offers many great resources to help your study.

Whilst preparing for your next exams, follow these steps to help you achieve your personal academic best:

  1. Find out what you need to learn: ask your teacher if you will be tested on the whole year’s work or just the second half of the year. You may like to work through the PREPARING FOR EXAM BLOCKS unit to help you put together a study plan.
  1. Make your study notes: work through the SUMMARISING unit to learn how to make brain-friendly study notes. On the THINGS TO PRINT page you will find a very useful Study Notes Checklist. You want to get your study notes finished as quickly as possible.
  1. Learn your study notes: make sure you remember what you study by using the techniques in the ACTIVE STUDYING unit. If you are interested in exploring learning preferences, you can find more in this unit on this topic.
  1. Practise the skills of the subject:  do as many different questions, revision sheets, chapter reviews, sample essays or past examination papers as you can. There are suggestions on how to make sure the practise you do is effective in the ACTIVE STUDYING unit.
  1. Review your test-taking techniques:  this ensures you make the most of the time in the exam. You can learn more about what to do the night before, the morning of the exam, how to approach multiple choice questions and essays in exams and much more in the TEST-TAKING unit.
  1. And when you get your exam paper back make the most of it by using the strategies in the AFTER TESTS AND EXAMS unit.

Don’t leave your study until the last minute – get yourself organised well in advance.

You can learn more about more effective studying at  Ask your teacher for the log in details if you do not have them already.